Distance Learning Scholarship in MSc Forestry at Bangor University, UK

Thursday, February 28, 2013


Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC)are pleased to announce that up to 15 fully-funded scholarships (each worth over £12,000 to cover tuition fees) are available for applicants from the following developing commonwealth countries to study for our MSc Tropical Forestry by distance learning: 

Bangladesh, Botswana, Cameroon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

The scholarship also includes a generous bursary to enable scholars to attend a compulsory 14-day study tour which will be held in Africa in July/August 2015.

This postgraduate course is primarily intended for students who already have an interest in forestry and who wish to learn more about the environmental and societal benefits that forests can provide. Suitable applicants include individuals working in forestry/forest-related industries/ natural resource management, particularly in the fields of planning, regulation, policy, monitoring and environmental protection.  The course is also suited to individuals working in forestry education who wish to further their knowledge and expertise in order to improve their teaching.
The scholarships are currently only available for entrants in September 2013.

Entry Criteria   
In order to be considered for a CSC scholarships, applicants are expected to have at least an upper second class degree in a relevant subject (forestry, conservation, land management, natural sciences, economics).  Relevant work experience is also valued.  Applicants with a lower second class degree with relevant and sufficient work experience may also be considered.

Applicants from Bangladesh, Cameroon, Pakistan, Rwanda and Sri Lanka are required to take an IELTS and obtain a minimum overall score of 6.5, if they wish to be considered for a CSC scholarship.  In order for an award to be taken up in the 2013 academic year, the IELTS test must have been taken after October 2012.

Applicants from Botswana, The Gambia, Ghana, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia do not need proof of English Language proficiency if they have studied their education through the medium of English. 

In order to study this course, students must have regular access to a computer with internet access, as the University cannot provide these to distance learning students.  Scholars who do not have access to a reliable computer and reliable internet access will find that their distance learning experience will be severely compromised.

Applicants should ensure they are eligible for entry to the course and that distance learning is suitable for them before applying for a CSC scholarship.

Application procedure
Application to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC)
In order to be considered for nomination for a CSC scholarship, you will have to apply to the CSC, as follows:
Bangor University scholarship nomination procedure
  • In order for us to nominate the most suitable applicants, we shall select candidates for scholarships based on the batch applications to the CSC EAS. To assist us in this, please outline the following in the 'personal statement' section of your CSC EAS application form
  • Any you want to study forestry at postgraduate level
  • Why distance learning is your preferred route for undertaking further education
  • Why you are well-suited to study by distance learning
  • How your registration on a distance learning forestry course will fit into your existing work and personal commitments
  • You may also add other relevant information and/or experience you feel is necessary to support your application.
Application to Bangor University
Applicants who are nominated by Bangor University for the CSC scholarship will be required to apply to Bangor University by 30th June 2013 using the onlineapplication form. We will then submit our nominations (15 nominees plus 10 reserves) to the CSC who will make the final decisions.  We expect the CSC to announce their final decisions by July 2013.

Further details on the program can be found at http://www.bangor.ac.uk/senrgy/csc_info.php.en

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